Nehemiah Chapter 10: List Love: The Next Dimension
This chapter begins with another list: the names of the officials, priests, and their associates who signed the covenant.
In the covenant, all the people and the nobles promise together to finally follow God's Law as given to Moses. They also promise not to marry the daughters of foreigners, not to buy grain and merchandise that foreigners bring into the city on the Sabbath, and to forgive debts every seventh year.
Each person also pledges to give a third of a shekel for the upkeep of the temple and for performing various festivals, offerings, and observances every year.
They agree to pay for the wood offering by casting lots, and promise to bring their first fruits, firstborn sons, and firstborn livestock to the temple.
Note: the firstborn sons do not get sacrificed.
They agree to give their first batch of dough to the priests. The priests will also get some of the fruit of their trees, oil, and wine.
They also establish guidelines for how the Levites should collect tithes from the people.